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Welcome to the Tarnished Truth. YOUR newsletter. Anger, Pride, Joy, Boastfulness, Appeasement are just some of the emotions the leaders of men demanded their minters of coin express on the products of history and art that has come down to us. They give small clues as to what these men and those times might have been like. The art of politics also found a new medium to be expressed on the coins the masses used daily. The study of coins, and the study of history can only go hand in hand. Knowledge is the ultimate collectable. But unlike our metal coins, it is better spent than stored.
Ray D Larson
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I was born in Milwaukee, WI and consider my hometown to be Waukesha, which is about 20 miles west. I started getting interested in coins when I was about 8. My parents bought me a Whitman folder and pulled out a paper bag full of wheat cents for me to go through. I remember how cool it was to see a cent with a date before 1940 on it, and to actually hold a VG 1936 Buffalo nickel. My grandparents helped things along a bit. One had a small stash of silver dimes and quarters and a few Franklin halves, and the other had an old, crusty leather coin purse in a dresser drawer in the attic that had a couple large cents, a few flying eagles, some Morgan and Peace dollars, some silver 3c pieces, and the pièce de resistance, an 1859 half dime that I graded AU (when I was 9 or 10). The half dime is now one of the favorite pieces in my collection, and is in an ANACS AU53 holder. No pedigree on the slab, but I know where it's from. I spent the next few years going to local coin shows and shops looking for ways to spend my allowance and other money I could earn.
Between ages 14 and 21, I did what most people do with their collections. Ignore them. I ordered annual sets from the Mint, but that's about it. I met my wife in college, and we were married the fall after I graduated with a degree in computer science and mathematics from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI. This September is our 13th anniversary. We have a mixed marriage. I'm a Packers fan and she likes the ... oops, I mean Duh Bears. We now live in Packerland South (NW 'burbs of Chicago), where I've been since college. I currently work as a software engineer for Siemens Medical Systems, and previously worked for Northrop (now Northrop-Grumman), whom I let pay for my Master's degree in computer science. We have two daughters, Stephanie, 9, and Alexandra, 5. Stephanie really likes getting proof sets for Christmas every year, which is something my grandmother did for me when I was her age. She also has a state quarter folder which we're finding rather difficult to stock around here, and likes her allowance in Sacagawea dollars. I stumbled across a coin shop close to our place that had a bid board, and that's what fanned the flame again. It started with buying common date circulated stuff -- whatever was cheap. Then I started stepping up the quality and quantity at the same time (no kids yet so we had extra spending money). Eventually, I started honing in on 1936-1955 proof coins. This was 1990ish when uncirculated Morgans and Walkers were still getting lots of money.
When the bottom fell out of the generic slab market, I started getting Morgan dollars, which I consider to be my current specialty, although I have been known to buy almost anything else that catches my eye and wallet just right. In 1996 I started collecting Morgan dollar varieties because of the revolutionary "Top 100" book by Michael Fey and Jeff Oxman. I think I have about half of them, maybe a little more. In 1998, Jeff released the 8TF Attribution Guide, which gave me the launch pad I needed to merge my hobby with my professional background. I proposed software to attribute 8TF Morgan dollars. His experience with software was a failed "Top 100" CD that was nothing more than the book on a CD. I sold him on my idea and the first 8TF Attribution Wizard was released in August 1999 at the Chicago ANA show. Lots of wows, modest sales. We were too cutting edge for our own good, and going from books to software is quite a paradigm shift for many people. In October 1999, Jeff talked Leroy Van Allen (the "VA" of VAM), who lives down the road a piece from the Coin World offices and hasn't attended a coin show in years, to attend a big show in Columbus, OH, and talk about the history of VAMs from his perspective to a bunch of VAM collectors and others that have never actually seen him in person. I got him hooked on the 8TF Attribution Wizard and now it's all he uses when people send him coins. I met a few people in Atlanta that carry laptops with them instead of books when they go to shows, and there are people that want this software for other types, so things are looking up on that front. I'm looking forward to expanding into other types. It'll give me more money for coins!
As if I have time for any other hobbies, I also play horn in the Palatine Concert Band, and am on their Board of Directors. I had the privilege of playing for a concert of Mahler's 7th symphony with the Wheaton Symphony Orchestra this summer. Lots of fun. Maybe one of these days I'll get a paying gig so I can buy more coins!
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God Save The Queen
|I have always been fascinated by this great lady whom ruled the United Kingdom of Great Britain for over half a century, she held the reigns of power from 1837 to 1901. During her reign England was at its peak in power and progress. The old saying that the sun never sets on the British empire rang true in all the years of her reign. In the sixty-four years she sat as head of state to the great empire, her likeness was produced on more coinage than any before her time. Although the subjects of the colonies might have taken exception to British rule, the average citizen of Great Britain saw much improvements in their lives because of changes she helped to implement. ||
The 1921 Alabama Centenial, 1922 Grant Memorial, 1925 Fort Vancouver Centenial, and the 1926 Oregon Trail Memorial half dollars were all designed by what early 20th Century designer?
Your contributions to this auction are actively sought. The rules of the auction are as follows. Each coin shall remain up for auction for no longer than six issues. There will never be more than ten lots in the auction at any one time. If after six weeks the coin has not found a new home, it will be removed and brought back later as a group lot with other such coins. A value close to actual trends will be assigned to each coin as best that can be done. Each week the 'BUY' price will be reduced by 5%. The winner will pay the price at the time of buying plus actual shipping cost. All amounts will be sent to our Secretary/Treasurer Robert Peterson. The clubs paypal and/or Roberts address will be provided the winning bidders. For those whom wish to donate
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In 1943 the famous "Tombac" Nickel was issued. This coin has morse code dots and dashes around its perimeter instead of the usual beading or denticles. Decoded the dots and dashes read "We Win when we work willingly"
The answer is: Laura G. Fraser who also designed the winning but unused design for the Washington Quarter. She was also the wife of James Earl Fraser, the designer of the Buffalo Nickel.|
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